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Review for San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, Alamosa, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The director and her dedicated board members of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council have successfully navigated that hard line of truth that brings the often contentious priorities of politics, business, community and environment to the table together.

Successfully processing the alert, information gathering and dissemination, policy change recommendations or citizen mobilizations to the benefit of several major economic, environmental and health challenges here locally for over 20 years.

Starting with the devastation that could have been AWDI and continuing on with mobilization of water, soil and air quality testing, the present huge project related to all of these through solid waste management issues, and the ongoing dedication to upholding the policies that protect our public lands and water ways from un-scrutinized gas and oil exploration and unregulated recreational, unvetted energy developments and private enterprises.

Out of the little corner office above Milagro’s, filled with shelves and stacks of maps, data, requests, information stuffed notebooks, file folders, a serviceable table, a donated and cantankerous old computer and an old bathroom way down the hall from which to water the two intrepid plants…comes some of the most amazing work that has influenced the very landscape and economics for the betterment of this region over the past 20 odd years.

We are very fortunate to have this dedicated non-profit in our corner of the world-a model of collaborative effort, educating and enlightening us to both threat AND opportunity in our midst.
There is not enough accolades to be said about this jewel. The SLV Ecosystem Council is one of the least recognized and most valuable local networks protecting the environment that supports our economic base and our quality of life at the core.

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